InterContinental Abu Dhabi is pleased to announce the appointment of Heiner Werdeling as the new General Manager, joining after two years at the InterContinental The Grand, Mumbai, India. Werdeling a German national, brings with him over 25 years international hotel experience and this latest assignment marks his fourth year with the InterContinental Hotels Group, during which time he has managed hotels in both Indonesia and Malaysia.
For the decade prior to that Mr. Werdeling was heavily involved in product development, hotel openings and repositioning in the Asia Pacific Region for the ITT Sheraton Group. Assignments in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam expanded his operational knowledge and earned him a reputation for his hands on approach to managing hotel operations; his ability to understand and deliver owner’s expectations and to develop pride and teamwork within local cultures.
He was appointed Resort Manager, for the luxurious Australian Resort, Hayman Island, winner of the prestigious Conde Naste, Best Resort Asia Pacific and voted third best resort in the world in 1999.
Prior to his career with ITT Sheraton, Mr Werdeling worked in the United Kingdom for five years with luxury and boutique products, including two years with the famed Savoy Hotel of London.
Mr Werdeling commenced his hotel career in Germany after completing a Bachelors of Hotel Management from Bonn. He completed his apprenticeship at the Munich Hilton before embarking on his first overseas posting at the Hyatt Regency in Dubai in 1982.
Mr Werdeling is married to Jackie an Australian, and now considers Australia his ‘home’. He is an avid reader and takes a keen interest in historical and political events, as well as local cultural interests. He has maintained his interest in the culinary arts, enjoying both cooking and fine dining, and relaxes in his spare time by playing golf.
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